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CORRECTS DAY TO FRIDAY - A protester leads a crowd of demonstrators toward the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office on Friday, Aug. 7, 2020 in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Nathan Howard)

Prosecutor won't act on low-level Portland protest arrests

Aug. 11, 2020 6:10 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The newly elected district attorney in Portland, Oregon, said Tuesday that under a new policy, his office will not prosecute people who have been arrested since late May on non-violent misdemeanor charges during protests in Oregon's largest city. The new policy recognizes the outrage...

Members of an environmental group hangs a banner that reads “CLIMATE CHANGE NOW” on the iconic Citgo sign near Boston's Fenway Park in Kenmore Square on Monday, Aug. 8, 2020 in Boston.  The group unfurled the banner Monday evening as the Red Sox began their game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway. A spokesman for the group, Extinction Rebellion Boston, told The Boston Globe that it was hoping to bring attention to environmental issues. (Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via AP)

Climate activists hang banner on Boston's iconic Citgo sign

Aug. 11, 2020 1:17 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Members of an activist group hung a banner that read “CLIMATE JUSTICE NOW” on the iconic Citgo sign near Boston's Fenway Park, leading to eight arrests, police said. The group unfurled the banner Monday evening as the Red Sox began their game against the Tampa Bay Rays at...

Palestinians carry posters showing Mahmoud Nawajaa, a leading coordinator of the Palestinian-led boycott movement against Israel, BDS, during a protest calling for the EU to press for his release, in front of the German Representative Office, in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020. The activist was arrested on July 30, remains in Israeli custody and has not been charged. Israel says the arrest is not connected to his boycott activities, and that he is is suspected of unspecified “security offenses,

Palestinian protesters urge Israel to free boycott activist

Aug. 11, 2020 8:27 AM EDT

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Dozens of Palestinians protested outside the German diplomatic office in the West Bank on Tuesday, seeking to draw attention to Israel's arrest of a leading coordinator of the Palestinian-led boycott movement against Israel. Mahmoud Nawajaa was arrested on July 30 and remains in...

Police use truncheons on protesters during a mass protest following presidential election in Minsk, Belarus, Monday, Aug. 10, 2020. Thousands of people have protested in Belarus for a second straight night after official results from weekend elections gave an overwhelming victory to authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko, extending his 26-year rule. A heavy police contingent blocked central squares and avenues, moving quickly to disperse protesters and detained dozens. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

Protester dies in clashes after disputed Belarus vote

Aug. 11, 2020 1:50 AM EDT

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — A protester died amid clashes between police and thousands of people gathered for a second straight night Monday in Belarus after official results from weekend elections — dismissed by the opposition as a sham — gave an overwhelming victory to authoritarian President...

FILE - In this Feb. 20, 2020, file photo, Demetria Hester reacts to verdicts of guilty on all twelve counts at the Jeremy Christian trial in Portland, Ore. One of the protesters arrested in Portland, Oregon early Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, is a Black woman who was assaulted by a white supremacist in a high-profile case three years ago and who now leads a group of

Hate crime victim arrested at protest won't be prosecuted

Aug. 10, 2020 7:48 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Black woman who became a leading activist in the Black Lives Matter movement after she was assaulted by a white supremacist three years ago won't be charged after her arrest early Monday fueled anger among protest leaders in Portland, Oregon, authorities said. Demetria Hester, 46,...

Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai, center, who founded local newspaper Apple Daily, is arrested by police officers at his home in Hong Kong, Monday, Aug. 10, 2020. Lai was arrested Monday on suspicion of collusion with foreign powers, his aide said, in the highest-profile use yet of the new national security law Beijing imposed on the city after protests last year. (AP Photo)

Hong Kong newspaper raided, tycoon detained under new law

Aug. 10, 2020 1:10 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong authorities arrested media tycoon Jimmy Lai on Monday, broadening their enforcement of a new national security law and stoking fears of a crackdown on the semi-autonomous region's free press. Police were seen carting away boxes of what they said was evidence at Lai's...

Aide says Hong Kong media tycoon and pro-democracy activist Jimmy Lai arrested under national security law

Aug. 9, 2020 9:43 PM EDT
HONG KONG (AP) — Aide says Hong Kong media tycoon and pro-democracy activist Jimmy Lai arrested under national security law.
LGBT rights supporters protest in Warsaw, Poland, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. A large crowd of LGBT rights supporters gathered in Warsaw on Saturday to protest the arrest of a transgender activist who had carried out acts of civil disobedience against rising homophobia in Poland. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Protesters decry government's anti-LGBT attitudes in Poland

Aug. 8, 2020 5:43 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Demonstrators turned out in Warsaw and other Polish cities Saturday to protest anti-LGBT attitudes promoted by the government as well as the detention of pro-LGBT protesters. “You will not lock all of us up!” people chanted at a protest in Warsaw that drew thousands of...

FILE - In this July 28, 2020, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a campaign event at the William

Biden risks alienating young Black voters after race remarks

Aug. 8, 2020 12:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden's controversial remarks about race this week risk alienating young Black voters who despise President Donald Trump but are not inspired by his Democratic rival. When pressed by Errol Barnett of CBS News on whether he'd taken a cognitive test, Biden responded that the question...

A police officer tries to speak to a crowd at an anti-government gathering Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, in Bangkok, Thailand. Political tensions are rising in Thailand as pro-democracy activists vowed to step up protests against the government and police arrested some key figures in recent demonstrations. (AP Photo/Jerry Harmer)

Hundreds rally against detention of Thai protest leaders

Aug. 8, 2020 9:10 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Hundreds of demonstrators rallied in Thailand on Saturday, after police arrested two leading anti-government protest leaders in an apparent attempt to stifle growing political unrest. Around 800 demonstrators packed a concourse near a shopping mall in central Bangkok to hear speeches...